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Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Odessa Home

Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Merely identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings.

Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy DIY project that could help you save money season after season. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?

So where should you check for those irritating leaks? 

The attic.

A good deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at:

  • Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill.
  • Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. It’s not uncommon for people to overlook them and they can let a significant amount of heat escape.

Any openings into your house.

A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.

  • Look at your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
  • Inspect the caulking around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to seal any holes you notice.
  • Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop air from escaping.

There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 432-333-2208 or schedule an appointment online.